Rainbow Beach

Extremely popular with families, this beach has a beach volleyball court and a beach bar for guests. The shore's rocky bottom is still good for swimming and snorkeling, and there are also prime dive sites offshore. On busy days, a rental stand leases out beach chairs, snorkeling equipment, and more to guests.

Located on the island of St. Croix, You should consider stopping by regardless of whether you're staying in the immediate vicinity. It's often said that Rainbow Beach is perfect for getting away from vacation stresses, like overly crowded restaurants and attractions. Many of the other beaches you'll come across in the Virgin Islands may be just as refreshing as Rainbow Beach, but are usually busier because they're right around the corner from the area's major hotels and resorts.

How to Access The Beach
Rainbow Beach is located up Route 63 and is accessible via an entrance in a local restaurant.

Amenities and Ambiance

White sands and perfect waters for swimming and snorkeling make Rainbow Beach a great family hangout area. Just north of Frederiksted on St. Croix, this beach is also a favorite for scuba divers because of the spectacular dive sites nearby. The beach's relatively remote location promises a quiet experience, where guests will be able to take in the light crashing of waves.

If you're suddenly hungry or thirsty, the concession stand at Rainbow Beach is the ultimate convenience. You might also have the option to buy some food from one of the local vendors who typically set up shop here.

This beach does have its own picnic facilities, making dining here even less of a hassle.

You will be able to use a public restroom at Rainbow Beach. In addition, guests will have access to lounge chairs at this destination. Fortunately, the water here is clear enough for snorkeling, so bring your gear if you're looking to see what goes on beneath the surface. Rainbow Beach is the hangout spot for locals, especially families on the weekends, while tourists also add to the congested atmosphere.

What's Nearby


Rainbow Beach is on the West coast of St. Croix. It is near some interesting sites like Estate Mount Washington Plantation, which is one of a number of favorite local destinations.

If you want to combine some cultural exploration with your trip to the beach, you should plan a trip to Caribbean Museum Center for the Arts. This museum is located just a short distance away, giving beachgoers the chance to escape that hot midday sunshine.

Beaches are a great attraction to visit, but there's plenty else to see during your stay. The table below lists other attractions that are nearby.

Activities and Attractions Near Rainbow Beach
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Estate Mount Washington Plantation Historical Site 0.8 mi. N St. Croix
Teres Veho Watersports Operator 1.0 mi. SSE St. Croix
Paul E Joseph Stadium Sporting Event Venue 1.1 mi. SSE St. Croix
Buddhoe Park Park 1.2 mi. S St. Croix
Fort Frederik Historical Site 1.2 mi. S St. Croix
Caribbean Museum Center for the Arts Museum 1.4 mi. S St. Croix
Hams Bluff Lighthouse Lighthouse 2.7 mi. NNE St. Croix
Estate Whim Museum Museum 2.8 mi. SE St. Croix
Lawaetz Family Museum Museum 2.8 mi. SE St. Croix
Cruzan Rum Factory Distillery 3.1 mi. SE St. Croix
Sandy Point National Wildlife Refuge Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve 3.5 mi. S St. Croix
Good Hope Plantation Ruins Historical Site 3.8 mi. SE St. Croix

Cities and Towns

The closest town is , which is not lacking in exploration opportunities, yet also not overflowing with buildings. From the beach, Frederiksted is not far away, roughly a mile and a half (two and a half kilometers).


The popularity of this spot on any given day can vary, it depends on many factors: the time of sundown, happy hour, even how many of the nearby hotel rooms have been booked. There aren't many large hotels in the immediate vicinity, but it's often visited by guests staying at the few small lodgings in the area.

You'll find a decent selection of hotel rooms within driving distance. Some of the closest choices are seen in the following table.

Accommodations near Rainbow Beach
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Frederiksted Hotel 1.4 mi. S Hotel
Mount Victory Camp 1.7 mi. NE Lodge
Sand Castle on the Beach 2.1 mi. S Hotel
Villa Morales 2.9 mi. SSE Guest house
Renaissance Carambola Beach Resort & Spa 4.3 mi. ENE Resort
Waves at Cane Bay 6.2 mi. NE Hotel
Arawak Bay: The Inn at Salt River 8.5 mi. ENE Hotel
Villa Margarita Oceanfront Guesthouse 9.0 mi. ENE Guest house


When you get hungry for an afternoon snack, this beach has you covered, and you don't have to go far from the sea. One of the nearest places to eat is Bernie's Restaurant & Cafe. The restaurant has both American and Caribbean menu items.

Nearby restaurants are listed below.

Restaurants near Rainbow Beach
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Bernie's Restaurant & Cafe (340) 713-8390 American, Caribbean -- 0.3 mi. N
Coconuts St. Croix (340) 774-0099 Mexican, Tex-Mex Very Casual 0.8 mi. SSE
Uca's Kitchen -- -- -- 1.3 mi. SSE
KFC Frederiksted -- American Very Casual 1.3 mi. SSE
Pier 69 (340) 772-0069 American Very Casual 1.3 mi. S
Polly's at the Pier (340) 719-9434 International Very Casual 1.3 mi. S
Blue Moon Cafe (340) 772-2222 Cajun, Caribbean, Eclectic Informal 1.3 mi. S
Lost Dog Pub (340) 772-3526 American Very Casual 1.4 mi. S
Frederiksted Hotel (340) 772-0500 -- -- 1.4 mi. S
Napoleon's Pizza (340) 713-9955 Italian -- 1.4 mi. S
Freedom City Restaurant (340) 227-0682 Caribbean, Continental Very Casual -- --
Los Angeles Cafe Bar & Restaurant (340) 772-0016 -- -- -- --

Other Beaches

St. Croix has several beautiful beaches, so if Rainbow Beach doesn't sound like your type of scene, you have options.

If you like the ambiance at this beach, you might also like Davis Bay, situated a short taxi ride away. With a gorgeous beach, Davis Bay is a fine swimming spot on the northern side of St. Croix, and although it can get a bit windy, families and bodysurfers gravitate to this area to play in the waters. Others might prefer Sprat Hall Beach, which offers a few more possibilities for excitement, and isn't far from nearby attractions. You'll find it two miles to the north.

Vacationers may also want to visit La Grange, located a mile away. La Grange beach, off of St. Croix, is a good beach where swimmers and snorkelers enjoy the sparkling blue waters, and beach loungers love the soft sands and complemetary chairs.

The Virgin Islands has a lot to offer its visitors, but visiting Rainbow Beach or the other beautiful beaches in the area can make your time in the Virgin Islands even more memorable.


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